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The New York Islanders Dynasty: 1979-1983


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Theirs was one of the great dynasties in professional sports history. It's also one of the most overlooked.

From the 1979-80 through 1982-83 seasons, the New York Islanders captured the Stanley Cup four consecutive times, duplicating a feat accomplished only by the legendary Montreal Canadiens. During that span, they won 16 consecutive playoff series and posted an incredible 60-18 post-season record. They would ultimately win a record 19 consecutive playoff series before their championship reign ended. The 1983 edition of this dynasty was voted the NHL's greatest team in a June 1998 fan poll conducted by the league. No wonder, considering their roster included Hall-of-Famers Mike Bossy, Denis Potvin, Bill Smith and Bryan Trottier, and that Hall-of-Fame coach Al Arbour stood behind their bench.

This site aims to preserve the accomplishments of the dynasty years. The NHL has had some fine champions since, but none have come close to having the same perennial stranglehold on the Stanley Cup. If you're too young to remember these great Islander teams, come learn about them. If, like me, you grew up with them, come live it all again.

To get started, select a season from the row of buttons at the upper left of this page. You'll be taken to a summary of the regular season and playoffs, plus statistics, quotes, images, sounds and video. You can also select the champs button, which will take you to career statistics and updates for players from the four championship teams.

Although I'm proud of my collection, it does have limits. If you'd like to contribute something, or if you know the whereabouts of anyone from the 1979-1983 Islanders who's not included in the champs section, please send me an e-mail.

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